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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 19, 2009 10:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

" Chance meetings with the band members?"

Brent came in when I was working at the Tower Records in Berkeley ( which is no longer ), He was tweeked out big time, eyes all bulging out and very paranoid acting and shaky. I felt bad for him because people were praising his status on the new album ( BTL ) and he was clearly uncomfortable hearing compliments you could tell.

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Poster: barongsong Date: May 21, 2009 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I don't think this counts but right after the 6-23-90 Autzin show I swear I saw Garcia come out of the magic bus replica with Kesey but the hood Garcia or the lookalike was wearing was giving off to many trails to be sure. Anyway I did muster up a "Hi" before he shuffled off into the night, just in case my hallucination had been real.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: May 20, 2009 7:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

JOTS - very cool story. Any idea what brought him into Tower? Was he with others, or just bouncing around Telegraph on his own? It's hard to imagine him flipping through LPs like the rest of us, but then again he was human after all.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 20, 2009 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I was actually on my break up the street in line at Top Dog ( love that place! ) and he came walking down Durant with a friend. I recognized him but didn't want to make a scene when the dude working behind the counter literally allmost jumped over the counter and ran out and started rapping with him, congratulating him on his prominence on the new record etc. which he was completely uncomfortable with. Anyway so I get my dog and head back to work and didn't even realize at first that he was in the store shopping. Here's the weird part - one of the suburban hippy types that was working there starts making suggestions to him and he ended up buying them probably to get away from the guy ( like I said you could tell he was real high and probably not in a good way as he seemed sketched out ). He ended up buying the gold disc of Crown of Creation and Stephen Still's first solo album. I always thought how completely odd it was him buying albums of bands that were peers with his band back in the day. Kind of made me realize how he wasn't there at the beginning of it all so no wonder he felt like the odd man out.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: May 20, 2009 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Thanks for all that context - it makes for an interesting snapshot. I can't believe the employee felt comfortable making music suggestions.... I think I'd have wanted to step back and just watch to see where he would meander (classical? jazz?). Neat to hear that he picked up those 2 cds you mentioned - I guess it's possible that he was simply replacing his old worn-out cassettes, but I hear you on the "he wasn't there at the beginning" aspect.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 20, 2009 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

I know, that's what struck me as odd. I guarantee any of the other guys would have picked up anything but rock or pop. They had a seperate classical store way down Telegraph. Phil used to come in there all the time but the clerk never would call me like I asked so I could go down and fawn over him too

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Poster: Pork Soda Date: May 20, 2009 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

He probably would've gone straight to the Bob Seger and Michael MacDonald.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 20, 2009 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia Interview '87

Good one!

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Poster: Solo Head Date: May 20, 2009 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Chance Meeting

Flew into Logan in '82ish? waitng for my friend to show and as I'm waiting by the curb four limos pull up and I find out there for some Band arriving...Some Band? now I follow these drivers and low and behold here come the boys... I did my best to not fawn, but failed miserably.

2nd Meeting...Backstage at the Brendon Byrne on a Electrical Union pass, got totally hammered, Garcia passes by me headed to the vans, and I say " Can I Come?".